Toshiba Launches Portable Fuel-cell for Mobiles

The palm-sized fuel-cell, called Dynario, 'delivers almost instant refuelling that untethers electrical equipment from AC adapters and power outlets.'

For people fed up with their mobile telephone or iPod batteries running out, Toshiba Corp. announced on Oct. 22 the launch of a portable fuel-cell that can power up digital gadgets on the move.

With an injection of methanol, the fuel-cell generates electricity through a chemical reaction with oxygen to recharge mobile digital electronic devices via a USB cable.

The high-tech giant, which sees a bright future for fuel cells, said battery exhaustion had become a "major concern" due to the rising power consumption of mobile electronic devices.

It said the palm-sized fuel-cell, called Dynario, "delivers almost instant refuelling that untethers electrical equipment from AC adapters and power outlets." A single refill of methanol from a dedicated cartridge can generate enough power to charge two mobile telephones, said Toshiba, which describes itself as a world leader in the development of fuel-cells for handheld gadgets.

The company will put 3,000 of the devices on sale in Japan through its direct-order website at a price of 29,800 yen (US$326) each. The fuel cartridges cost an additional 3,150 yen for a set of five.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2009

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